AIA Calls for Continued Aerospace Investment

Jun. 30, 2011

Former FAA Administrator and current President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, Marion C. Blakey, called for accelerated implementation of FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System and increased U.S. investment in research and development to avoid losing our leadership in aerospace and defense.

“It’s important to properly fund and promote our aerospace and defense industry and the research and development needed to sustain it,” Blakey said at a luncheon hosted by the Aero Club of Washington today.

Blakey also said that it was important for the aerospace industry to underscore…

Marion C. Blakey,  “Second to None - Maintaining U.S. Aerospace Leadership in the 21st Century”

Marion C. Blakey
President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association

Aero Club of Washington
June 30, 2011

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Investments in defense systems dwindling

Jun. 30, 2011

During his confirmation hearing last week, incoming Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reiterated an earlier assertion from Secretary Robert Gates: The defense budget must not be viewed as the panacea for reducing the nation’s debt.

This is easier said than done, in light of President Barack Obama’s call for $400 billion in cuts over 12 years. Even with 100 percent efficiency, it’s hard to see those savings will be achieved without cutting into the bedrock of the Pentagon’s capabilities.

This is a concern. Investment in procurement and research and development must remain…

AIA Criticizes President’s Remarks on Business Aviation

Jun. 29, 2011

We’re disturbed by President Obama’s remarks on business aviation today. It seems odd that he would undermine the aviation industry one day after visiting Alcoa’s factory and praising the workers who make parts and materials that are critical to producing business jets. General aviation plays an important role in our economy and took a substantial hit in the recent recession. We feel that disparaging comments from the president regarding business jet users are not conducive to promoting jobs, investment and economic growth.

AIA Commends President Obama on Alcoa Visit

Jun. 28, 2011

President Obama’s visit to Alcoa in Davenport, Iowa, highlights the importance of aerospace and high-technology manufacturing to our nation.

“We were pleased to hear the president acknowledge the importance of Alcoa to our industry from the early flights of the Wright Brothers to our missions in space and protecting our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq today,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Alcoa shares a rich heritage of supporting our nation with other members of the Aerospace Industries Association.”

The aerospace industry is a bedrock of our nation’s security…